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10:16 p.m. - Postgame Snapshots - FINAL: MTL 4, BOS 3
Pacioretty Ties It - At 5:31 into the third period, B's goaltender Tuukka Rask was screened by David Desharnais on a Max Pacioretty shot, which found its way through for Pacioretty's eighth goal of the year. That goal knotted the game up at 3-3 and extended Pacioretty's point streak to four consecutive games. Pacioretty recorded one goal and one assist in tonight's game.
Desharnais's Game Winner: At 9:17 into the third period, David Desharnais converted on his second goal of the night, which proved to be the game winner. With that goal Desharnais has accumulated 3-2=5 totals in his last three games and 4-6=10 totals in seven of his last nine contests.
Bergeron-Marchand-Seguin Excel: The Bruins registered nine points tonight with eight of them coming from forwards Bergeron (1-2=3), Marchand (0-3=3) and Seguin (1-1=2). The team's ninth point came from defenseman Dougie Hamilton's goal, his second of the year, in the second period.
Habs Snap B's Streak: With tonight's loss, the Canadiens snap the Bruins six-game winning streak, which began on February 17, when the Bruins beat the Winnipeg Jets, 3-2. The Canadiens will assume sole possession of first place in the Northeast Division with 32 points, two points ahead of the B's who will remain at 30.
Next Game: The Bruins will play again on Tuesday in D.C. against the Washington Capitals at 7:00 p.m. at the Verizon Center. The game will be broadcasted on NESN.
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9:25 p.m. - 2nd Intermission Snapshots - BOS 3, MTL 2
Marchand-Bergeron-Seguin Time: The line of Brad Marchand, Patrice Bergeron and Tyler Seguin continues to be one of the strongest lines for the Bruins, with Marchand and Seguin assisting on a Bergeron goal at 4:06 into the second period that tied the game, 2-2. Bergeron's goal gives five on the season and 10 points in six of his last seven games. In tonight's game, all three of those B's have recorded two or more points: Bergeron and Seguin both have a goal and an assist while Marchand has three assists.
Assistant Marchand - Marchand has been finding his teammates in all the right places this game, earning his third assist of the night with his helper on Hamilton's goal. The three assists are a single-game career high for Marchand. Coming into tonight, No. 63 had only three assists and has now doubled his total assist output this season in tonight's game. The first two assists came on his linemates' goals, before he assisted on defenseman Dougie Hamilton's go-ahead one-timer.
Hamilton Hones In - Dougie Hamilton scored his second career NHL goal, one-timing a bouncing puck into the back of the net, after Marchand's initial shot ricocheted right to Hamilton's stick to give the B's a 3-2 lead. Moments later, TD Garden erupted in a "Dougie, Dougie!" chant to show their appreciation.
B's Fired Up - At 15:01 into the second period, 6'4'' 220-pound Milan Lucic and 6'2'', 195-pound Brandon Prust dropped the mitts with Lucic unleashing a fury of punches on Prust, who eventually fell to the ice. That fight between Lucic and Prust marks the third time the two have squared off, which is the most times Lucic has fought any NHL player… About six minutes later B's captain Zdeno Chara came to the defense of Tyler Seguin after Alexei Emlin put a hit on Seguin that sent him to the ice. Chara threw about a dozen punches at Emlin before the referees pulled the two apart. No. 19 luckily returned to the ice for the next shift.
Marshy and Subban Have Words: As Brad Marchand was finishing up his shift about eight minutes into the second period, PK Subban and Marchand skated slowly beside one another and exchanged words prompting the crowd to get fired up. However, the exchange of words was all that was had, but the two have history; the two have previously dropped the gloves on October 27, 2011 here at TD Garden.
Kelly Posts Up - For the second time this game, Chris Kelly has been but inches from putting the puck in the net ringing the post. The third line continues to generate plenty of chances this game.
8:25 p.m. - 1st Intermission Snapshots - MTL 2, BOS 1
Second Line Continues to Shine - Seguin continues his hot streak tonight, netting his fifth goal that period with beautiful puck movement from Bergeron and Marchand to set it up. That assist extends Bergeron's current point streak to four games registering 1-4=5 totals in that span. Marchand's assist puts him at four on the year.
Plekanec and Desharnais Score: Tomas Plekanec connected for his ninth goal of the season to put the Habs up to start the period. Plekanec was assisted by former Bruin Michael Ryder and Habs defenseman PK Subban. Desharnais also put the puck in net to register his sixth goal on the season - the goal had been under review, since it looked like it may have been kicked in by Pacioretty, but goal was withheld.
Posts Ringing: The best scoring chances of the first period, aside from Seguin's goal, came when Chris Kelly led an odd man rush, ringing a wrist shot of the left goal post beating Hab's goaltender Peter Budaj blocker side. Moments later, Patrice Bergeron kept the pressure on and rang the other post, ricocheting just wide. A lot of good chances for the Bruins that period.
Hard Hits: The B's came out flying in the first period registering 15 hits with three coming from B's captain Zdeno Chara, and two from Jay Pandolfo and Shawn Thornton. Also registering hits in the first period were Seidenberg, Kelly, Lucic, Peverley, Paille, Ference , Campbell and Bergeron. The Bruins out-hit the Habs 15-8 in that period.
3 Goals in 1:06 - The first period featured high energy and intensity from both squads with three goals coming within 1:06 of each other. The Canadiens outshot the Bruins in the first period 14-9.
Interesting Note - The Canadiens came into tonight with 37 power play chances than the Bruins. The Habs our now 19-for-96 on the power play while the Bruins are 9-for-59 and will have 50 seconds left on their first power play of the game to start the second period.
BRUINS 14-2-2 (30 pts) VS. MONTREAL CANADIENS 13-4-4 (30 pts)
7:02 p.m. - B's take the ice for warmups
Match-Up: The B's come into tonight's match-up riding a six-game win streak and will face the rivaled Montreal Canadiens. The winner of the tonight's tilt will find themselves alone atop the Northeast Division as both teams are currently knotted up at 30 points each.
Goalie Dual: Tuukka Rask will be in goal for the B's, opposite the Canadien's Peter Budaj
Hot B's Brewin': Tyler Seguin had Boston's first goal yesterday afternoon, which was also the B's first home power play goal this season, giving the forward two goals and five assists in his last seven contests. Brad Marchand also registered a goal yesterday against the Bolts, bringing him to four goals and two assists in five of his last six games, with all four goals proving game-winning tallies. Marchand's 11 goals is currently tied for fourth in the NHL.
Streaking B's: Bruins alternate captain Patrice Bergeron is riding a three game point streak with 2-2=3 totals. His assists yesterday to Brad Marchand proved to be winning goal with just under three minutes remaining in the third period.
Hot Habs: Canadiens forward Brian Gionta has the hot hand of late registering three goals in his last two games, with two coming last night against the Penguins and the third on Feb. 28 versus Toronto.
Special Teams Comparison:
Boston: 9-for-59 on the PP (15.3%, 22nd NHL), 68-for-74 on the PK (91.9%, 1st NHL)
Montreal: 18-for-95 on the PP (18.9, 11th NHL), 69-for-84 on the PK (82.1, T-13th NHL)
Bruins Support Newtown: To show support for the community of Newtown, CT, the Boston Bruins have invited Sandy Hook Elementary School’s lead teacher Natalie Hammond and her family to tonight's game. B's President Cam Neely and the entire Bruins organization will honor Hammond will a ceremonial puck drop before the game. Fundraising at tonight’s game will support the Newtown Youth Academy and its programs, including a new street hockey program.